The Battle of Holnest: From Ruin to Resurgence

20 October 2018

Glanvilles Wootton Village Hall, Stock Hill Lane, Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, DT9 5QF

Holnest church in the 1950s

The serene beauty of the medieval church at Holnest belies its turbulent past. In 1922, Dorset architect, A.R. Powys, declared that the building was "fast becoming derelict" but "worthy of all the attention that can be given it." Funds for repairs couldn't be raised, however, and the church was made redundant. Proposals for partial demolition would have been carried out had it not been for the efforts of the Misses Morgan and Debenham, whose campaign to save the building attracted a great deal of support and media attention. This talk marks the 50th anniversary of the re-opening of the church on 19th October 1968. 

Tickets: £8 to include a light supper. Please bring your own drink and glasses. Seats must be reserved in advance by calling Mary on 01935 872742 or Graham on 01963 210632. Doors open from 7pm.

Friends of Holnest Church
01935 872742 or 01963 210632
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